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People with disabilities (intellectual disability, physical disability, sensory disability, autism spectrum disorder etc.) are among the most under-represented and under-served populations in the United States today.
The interdisciplinary minor in Disability Studies offers students a unique opportunity to develop a richer understanding of what it means to live with a disability in the context of contemporary American society. The minor is anchored by a foundation of courses in Psychology, English, Sociology, and Legal Studies, and has a number of electives from departments across the university. These courses allow students to see the links between disabilities and other diverse and marginalized groups (e.g., women, minorities) and to incorporate multiple perspectives (historical, political, economic, ethical). This minor might be of interest to students who are planning a career in education, human services, social work, non-profit organizations, engineering/assistive technology, nursing, health, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and many other areas.
The Disability Studies minor is open to all undergraduates and consists of an interdisciplinary program of 18-24 credits of required and elective courses.
Select at least three courses
Depending on how many core courses completed, choose electives to reach 18 credits in the minor.
Course Listing for Disability Studies
For more information, contact Ashleigh Hillier, program coordinator.